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Wednesday, 10.19.05:  Penfield Taj Mahal

It's officially done!

Brian came by yesterday morning to give a final polish to the grouted backsplash tile. In the right light, the glass mosaic tile is iridescent.

Figuring that I should see the whole kitchen clean at least once, I polished the counters, stove top, floors, etc. We put a large Buddha on top of the refrigerator.

Technically, the statue is not a Buddha, but a Bodhisattva -- someone who aspires to Buddha-hood.

According to essortment:

In Tibetan Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is anyone who is motivated by compassion and seeks enlightenment not only for him/herself but also for everyone...

Becoming a Bodhisattva is a huge step in helping not only yourself, but also every other sentient being, both seen and unseen...

A Bodhisattva is motivated by pure compassion and love. Their goal is to achieve the highest level of being: that of a Buddha. Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term which translates as: Bodhi [enlightenment] and sattva [being]. And their reason for becoming a Buddha is to help others. The Bodhisattva will undergo any type of suffering to help another sentient being, whether a tiny insect or a huge mammal. In Shakyamuni Buddha’s 'Perfection of Wisdom in 8,000 Lines' it states: “I will become a savior to all those beings, I will release them from all their sufferings.” If this sounds familiar to anyone not acquainted with Buddhism, then you only need to think of the example of Jesus Christ, a true Bodhisattva.

Whoa... are those expectations too high for us? Might as well start out our new work space on a lofty note...





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